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10 OCTOBER 2013 | WORLD HABITAT DAY

10 Oct , 2013

In celebration of World Habitat Day this week, Habitat Wake hosted our good friend, Alberto Benitez, national director of Habitat for Humanity in Honduras.

Alberto shared with us that in Honduras over half of all Hondurans live with inadequate shelter. That is well over 1 million dwellings that are deficient. He told of young children in indigenous villages dying at very young ages of Chagas disease from parasites that live in the thatched roofs of their huts and how a simple solution of concrete floor and metal roof would prevent these deaths.

Joyfully, he shared that Habitat Honduras recently celebrated the completion of the 15,000th Habitat house in the country since their inception 20+ years ago and, even more excitedly, that they plan to build another 15,000 homes in the next five years!

Habitat Wake is proud, as a part of our global commitment, to be the largest single donor to Habitat Honduras through the gracious support of our donors and friends. We look forward to being part of a new 500 house project beginning in 2014 in Santa Rosa de Copan in Western Honduras.

As scripture says in Luke 12:48, “….from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

We are blessed to have such strong global partners where we know that our investment makes a huge difference!

Guest Blog: Janelle | A Day on Site

6 Sep , 2013

I’d like to introduce our second guest blogger: one of our wonderful volunteers.  Janelle is a first year full-time MBA Candidate at NC State University’s Jenkins Graduate School. She has a BBA in Marketing from James Madison University. Most recently before starting business school at NC State, Janelle was marketing manager at Wilkinson Supply Company. She’s a lover of running and Pinterest. When not in class, you could probably find her exploring the restaurant scene in downtown Raleigh.

“When reviewing my schedule for the incoming NC State Jenkins MBA student orientation, I was excited to see that Habitat for Humanity was on the calendar. I have had the opportunity to work on Habitat for Humanity projects before, and I thought it’d be a great way to get to know the people I’ll be spending the next two years with — outside of the classroom.

So, at 7:30am on a hot Saturday morning, more than 50 NC State Jenkins MBA students gathered to assist with the completion of 4 different homes in Apex, NC. We met members of the Habitat for Humanity team and received an energizing welcome. We learned about the Habitat for Humanity organization, the impact the teams have had in Wake County, what is required of the homeowners and the type of work we’d be doing.

Armed with this new knowledge (and numerous reminders to drink plenty of water!), the first year MBAs and second year peer mentors made our way to the construction site. We caulked, painted, hung siding, installed doors and cleaned. It was nice to see people work together and teach one another, using their strengths to get the job done. Even better was taking time out as a team to be of service to others.  We had just experienced five days of NC State faculty and staff investing their time to help set us up for success. It was really great to come together as a class and pay forward that kind of support.”

4 SEPTEMBER 2013 | GLOCAL

4 Sep , 2013

“It is not enough to limit your love to your own nation, to your own group. You must respond with love even to those outside of it. This concept enables people to live together not as nations, but as the human race.” — Clarence Jordan

Recently I had the opportunity to explain to one of our major donors why we send funds to Habitat in Honduras to build there even when the need for housing in Wake County is far from being met. Since our inception the biblical concept of “tithing” our resources to help those in need in other countries has been something we’ve joyfully done. Faithfully, since 1985, we have provided resources to build homes for 265 families around the world in addition to the 456 homes we’ve built in Wake County.

We are currently sending enough funds each time we build a house in Wake County to fund the construction of a Habitat home for a family in the Central American country of Honduras. Habitat homes in Honduras currently cost $4,500 for a 450 square foot home. This year, we will provide enough funds to construct 35 homes in/around the small city of Santa Rosa de Copan in Western Honduras. Check out our Honduras program here.

I always love this quote from Frank Reed, Habitat International’s Director of ReStore Support: “The mission to eradicate substandard housing does not end at your county line!”

26 JULY 2013 | INCOME MOBILITY

26 Jul , 2013

At Habitat, we are interested in breaking the cycle of poverty, not just providing a home.  Check out this research showing a great variety of opportunity around the country.  Unfortunately, our area shows very low income mobility opportunities due to a variety of factors.

23 JULY 2013 | WALKING

23 Jul , 2013

Back in the day, Habitat for Humanity staged numerous long walks to bring attention to this new ministry. There was a 700 mile walk from Habitat’s headquarters in Americus, Georgia to Indianapolis to celebrate Habitat’s 7th Anniversary. There was a walk from Portland, Maine to Atlanta celebrating the 12th Anniversary in 1988. I joined this particular walk for a day in 1988 in Richmond, Virginia as we were launching our new Habitat affiliate in Lynchburg.

I remember reading a book several years back by U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. It is entitled Walking With the Wind, his memoir of growing up in substandard housing in Alabama where his grandmother literally told the family to walk to certain corners of the house during thunderstorms so that they house would not blow off the foundation. Then, of course, Rep. Lewis led the fateful walk across the bridge in Selma, Alabama to be greeted by police dogs and fire hoses.

We dedicated our most recent home on Waldo Street in Cary this past Saturday. During the dedication we heard the story of the father of the family literally walking hundreds of miles from his native Myanmar to Malaysia to seek work and income to provide needed medicine to their young son. Thanks to the relocation efforts of local Wake County churches this family reunited in Raleigh in 2009 and now t has secured a home in which they can thrive.

When you take your next walk think of a young fledgling organization that has now touched millions of people worldwide. Think of a young John Lewis rising to become a leader in the civil rights movement. And then think of the dedication of a young father walking miles and miles into an unknown future to secure needed medicine for a son. There is abundant faith in each of these journeys—something that encourages me and gives me hope.

15 JULY 2013 | DOUBLY BLESSED

15 Jul , 2013

Last Wednesday, we had the privilege of dedicating our most recent new home in Augusta Crossings that was built in partnership with the Ali/Karim family and our sponsors from Red Hat, WalMart, and Grifols.

When it came time in the program to make remarks, the father/husband of the family, El Waleid shared a touching story with us.  On the morning of November 3, 2012 while he and his wife Salsabila were at WakeMed for the delivery of their second child, he received a call on his cell phone.  He looked at the phone and saw that the call was from Habitat and even in the midst of the pending birth, he answered the call from a staff member on our family services team.  El Waleid learned that his application for homeownership had been approved by our Family Selection committee and minutes later their baby daughter, Aseel, entered the world!

How’s that for a blessed morning?!  It’s so much fun to be a part of such joy!

27 JUNE 2013 | NORMA SMITH

27 Jun , 2013

Tomorrow, Norma Smith is retiring after serving 16 years with Habitat Wake.  Norma is Habitat Wake’s longest tenured staff member in our history.   Thousands of volunteers from near and far have interacted with Norma over the years and have been greeted by her as they came out to volunteer.  I always tell our staff that we are here to set the stage and enable the work of volunteers.   Norma’s work embodied that.  Everyone is welcome and everyone has something to give.

Norma joined the Habitat Wake team in 1997 as a construction superintendent after years in the teaching profession.  In the mid-2000’s she shifted over to our Volunteer Services team.  Most recently, Norma created a group of “hospitality volunteers” greeting other volunteers as they come to our construction sites and to our office.  The positive, relational spirit that Norma has shared with so many on behalf of Habitat Wake will live on in our work as her legacy.

Norma is motivated by her Christian faith and knows well what it means to welcome others in Jesus’ name.  She has lived that out each of the days she has served at Habitat Wake.  Norma’s daily presence with Habitat Wake will be missed and we wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement, which based on her volunteer activities at her church and other places, will not be your typical “sit back and rest” type of retirement.  Godspeed, Norma, and thank you!

3 Sept 2010

3 Sep , 2010

Welcome to our blog!  Our plan for this blog is to provide some insights, from our perspective, into the issues surrounding affordable housing, particularly in Wake County, NC.  We’ll also plan to highlight some of the great work happening around affordable housing in our area and the many organizations out there serving different segments of the need continuum.  And as a Christian housing ministry that is inclusive of others from different faith backgrounds, we’ll plan to write from the viewpoint of a faith-based housing provider and how faith compels us to reach out to our neighbors in need.  Since our mission is so tied to environmental responsibility—from building “green” homes to recycling used building materials through our Restore—we’ll always have something to say about how important it is that “green” practices extend to the nonprofit housing world and does not become just a nice perk for high-end housing.

Recently, Habitat for Humanity was ranked as the 8th largest home builder in the United States for calendar year 2009 by building 5,294 houses with families in need.  This is a great achievement and testimony to all of our dedicated volunteers and donors.  Taken on face value this is great cause for celebration for an organization that funds its construction on the sole generosity of donors and builds with volunteers, many of whom are unskilled at construction.  Looking deeper, however, I’ve wondered: what is it about our system of delivering housing in the U.S. that an organization that operates outside the predominant system is among the nation’s largest builders?

According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, households with severe housing cost burdens (defined as spending more than half their incomes on housing) jumped by a third in 2008 to 16% of all households.  According to the Center’s report, The State of the Nation’s Housing 2010, “a record 18.6 million households faced these high cost burdens that year (2008), an increase of 640,000 since 2007 and 4.7 million since 2001.  Living within these households were 44.2 million Americans, including 13.7 million children.”

…and Habitat for Humanity affiliates and our donors and volunteers built 5,294 homes.  Significant?  Yes.  Adequate?  Far from it.

So I ask myself, why is the U.S. housing production and financing system leaving so many people behind?  Why do people with low-wage, yet essential jobs have difficulty in securing affording housing through the marketplace?  What needs to change in the system so that our society supports a simple, decent, affordable place to live for all of our citizens?  We want to know what you think.


Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
2420 Raleigh Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27604-2235
Phone 919.833.1999
Fax 919.833.8256
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County ReStore

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